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Project Aura: Changing the game

Project Aura: Changing the game

02.02.18: Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), describes how Project Aura has been revolutionising training across the organisation by harnessing immersive technology to prepare for Digital Railway and the Azuma fleet. When w...

A busy festive period in Scotland

A busy festive period in Scotland

02.02.18: RTM’s Josh Mines reports on the works that have been delivered in Scotland over the festive period as part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP). While most the country has enjoyed a lazy period of overindulging in foo...

Making the railway safer with big data

Making the railway safer with big data

30.01.18: Peter Hughes, principal research fellow at the Institute for Railway Research, argues big data is revolutionising close call reporting on our railways. Close call reporting systems are an important part of the GB railways safety management...

A transformation for the Midlands

A transformation for the Midlands

30.01.18: Maria Machancoses, director of Midlands Connect, outlines how the region has the potential to become a world leader if the industry and government play their cards right. In the 2017 Budget, the government announced billions of pounds of de...

Modernising asset data capture

Modernising asset data capture

30.01.18: David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in Infrastructure Projects Signalling at Network Rail, explains how automation and machine learning are transforming the safety of renewals work on the railway. In the last issue of RTM we look...

There is still much more to do: avoiding the boom and bust in CP6

There is still much more to do: avoiding the boom and bust in CP6

30.01.18: Reflecting on the triumphs of the past year, Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), assesses what the government needs to do to ensure the rail industry avoids a potential ‘boom and bust’ scenario w...

CrossCountry: A more personal touch for passengers

CrossCountry: A more personal touch for passengers

26.01.18: Andy Cooper, managing director of CrossCountry, reveals more about a new interactive app poised to transform how passengers travel by rail. Luggage has been a challenge for Britain’s railways ever since someone decided to put wheels o...

Innovation through technology

Innovation through technology

26.01.18: Tom Kelly, programme manager at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), and Andy Smith, project leader at MPact Thales (MPT), explain how their organisations are using digital engineering in the Trafford Park Line scheme to leverage value throu...

The data-driven railway

The data-driven railway

26.01.18: Martin Vallance, Network Rail’s decision support tool (DST) workstream lead, reveals how a new digital track tool is set to reduce temporary speed restrictions (TSRs) across Britain’s railway. Imposing a TSR on the rail network...

Forward look: 2018, CP6 and its context

Forward look: 2018, CP6 and its context

26.01.18: Neil Robertson, chief executive of the National Skills Academy for Rail, makes three key predictions on what’s next for the rail industry in 2018. It’s the time of year for looking forwards (hopefully positively), and I’ve...

Ordsall Chord: Setting the benchmark

Ordsall Chord: Setting the benchmark

26.01.18: Mike Heywood, project director for Network Rail and Ordsall Chord alliance manager, reflects on the fantastic success of the innovative scheme, which now proudly sits at the heart of Manchester as an iconic addition to the city’s transport...

A public and private sector partnership

A public and private sector partnership

23.01.18: Paul Plummer, chief executive of Rail Delivery Group, explores the ways in which the rail industry is changing and evolving in order to bring its long-term improvement plan to life. It would be fair to say that the rail industry is involved...

A rail centre fit for the future

A rail centre fit for the future

23.01.18: Alstom UK’s new modernisation facility in Widnes has made fantastic progress on the Class 390 fleet since opening its doors in June, writes Nick Crossfield, the company’s managing director. The north west has a rich history of e...

2018: The year of opportunity for HS2

2018: The year of opportunity for HS2

23.01.18: Momentum continues to gather pace up and down the country as this year’s major HS2 milestones begin to approach, writes John Downer, director of High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL). Last year saw the construction of HS2 – B...

Ballasted railway track: reducing maintenance needs

Ballasted railway track: reducing maintenance needs

08.12.17: William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering and dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton, and Louis Le Pen, senior research fellow in rail infrastructure, consider the ways through which t...

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How two-way radio can boost worker safety

22/05/2018How two-way radio can boost worker safety

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UKRIA 2018: NTAR’s response

05/04/2018UKRIA 2018: NTAR’s response

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Year with brand-new infrastructrure to... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the TOC, gives RTM an update on the innovative scheme. Recognising that young people are more likely to take a risk trespassing on railway tracks, C... more > more last word articles >

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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >
Thameslink: Nearing the end of the line

23/01/2018Thameslink: Nearing the end of the line

RTM’s Josh Mines catches up with Mark Somers, project director for Thameslink, on how the final stages of the programme are progressing and... more >
Modernising journeys in north east England

09/11/2017Modernising journeys in north east England

First Hull Trains is about to embark on the biggest fleet overhaul it has delivered since being set up in 2000. Managing director Will Dunnett te... more >
Ian Prosser: Safety by design

02/11/2017Ian Prosser: Safety by design

Ian Prosser, the ORR’s chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety, outlines to RTM’s Josh Mines the key challenges fa... more >